[Event Report] Conference Public and Democracy in Berlin: well meant, badly organized



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Ignored by the (Internet) public, the "Public and Democracy" congress took place in Berlin on the weekend. The low advertising impact caused for accordingly little rush. There were some highlights. [Event Report] Conference Publicity and Democracy in Berlin: Well meant, badly organized public-democracy


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Altbacken impression, good content

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Admittedly, the program, with 130 speakers after all, looked a bit old-fashioned, the website rather spartan and boring - at least in comparison to hip Web 2.0 conferences such as the re: publica.

Also the announcement texts to the well 70 events made little desire for more: ME they were for today's reading habits rather bulky and too cumbersome. But maybe I just did not belong to the target group?

Directly jump to the visitor

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Because readers expect today that they directly start the immediate benefit event - for example: "How do I earn money with my blog?". The clichés serve other conferences with great success, then often warm up only the familiar or throw around with beautiful pictures and pseudo information.

Obviously, an event that is about media analysis as a society and, ultimately, the formation of public-critical action alliances will not be used by the market-rending methods of commercial sales events.

Why must be uncommonly boring?

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Especially since the event is supported by an alliance of the DJV, the Humanist Union, the Hans Böckler Foundation, the Lobby Control, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the idea of ​​a summer Academy of Attac.

It is a pity, however, that one went so far beyond the goal that in the end the majority were the ever-same trade unionists and 68-ers, who are interested in the program itself.

Is the left internet hostile?

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Robin Meyer Lucht had previously analyzed on carta, why the left-wing organizers consider the Internet rather with reservations than as an opportunity: Today, on the other hand, with regard to media developments, the left seems more likely to be between lewdness, Criticism and to remain on the move: As a progressive-thinking person, one could definitely come to the conclusion that partially multitude approaches begin to manifest themselves in the network. But at the same time, the reservations on the left side of the political spectrum are large compared to the bequeathed and commercialized public.

Miscarriage is not communicative

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A further drawback for me was the overall organization. Unfortunately the events took place partly in the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) and partly in the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), which was about a quarter of an hour walk away. Not far, one should think, but nevertheless too far, in order to slap briefly from one event to another.

And also a collection point was missing, because many participants preferred to stay in the WBZ, where most of the events took place. The fact that the catering consisted only of biscuits and strange spongy buns, did the rest, so that one or the other, such as my colleague Ulrike Langer, it preferred to eat somewhere else. The network effect, because of which one else also goes to such events, was unfortunately missing as far as possible.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown

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Only the variety of programs was a bright spot - but at the same time another problem. Because the three-day convention was divided into a kick-off event on Friday evening, Saturday for analysis and criticism - while on Sunday 13 clock ideas and projects should be worked out. It is possible that this schedule was due to the working people. Nice also the idea to give each day a motto.

The problem, however, was that all lectures accumulated on Saturday - in the morning and afternoon hours. Or how did it Jens Best so nicely to the point: "It is so much in parallel." And so it came that I could perceive of 130 events ever only 4 - well, of the remaining 126 would certainly have been a few interesting!


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